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Shing Mun Tunnel  
Tsuen Wan

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Built in 1990, the Shing Mun Tunnel is part of the Route 5, a 7 km dual trunk road which links Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan and forms part of the New Territories Circular Route that brings the northern part of the New Territories within easy reach of Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi (Lantau Link) and Tuen Mun Highways. The route is divided into 3 sections, namely, the 2 km Shatin approach section maintained by the Shatin New Town Development Office, the 3.5 km Shing Mun section managed by the Highways Department and the westerly 1.5 km Tsuen Wan approach section maintained by the Tsuen Wan New Town Development Office. A bus interchange on the Tsuen Wan side facilitates commuters to access different parts of Tsuen Wan and Shatin areas.

The Shing Mun section consists of a tunnel with a 2-lane dual carriageway of 2.6 km in length that holds a traffic capacity of 6,800 per hour. The speed limit for normal traffic is 70 km per hour and 50 km per hour during one-tube-two-way operation. The average temperature inside the tunnel is about 34 degrees Celsius.

Unlike other tunnels in Hong Kong, the Shing Mun Tunnel consists of 2 separate tubes which are discontinued by the gorge of the lower Shing Mun River. The 2 tubes are linked by two 100 m concrete bridges, an open space for the beautiful scenery of the Shing Mun Gorge. The Needle Hills Tunnel in the east is 1.6 km while the Smugglers Ridge Tunnel in the west is 1 km long. The administration building of the Shing Mun Tunnel is a piece of modern architecture with a touch of "Gothic" style. A small path behind the administration building leads to the Shing Mun Reservoir.

Toll booths and lanes, administration building, bus interchange, ventilation jet fans in each tube, vehicular cross passages, pedestrian cross passages, emergency telephones, hose reels, etc

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